1 Samuel 17
the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah,
and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephesdammim.
Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against
3And the Philistines stood
on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them.
4And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath,
of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand
shekels of brass.
6And he had greaves of brass
upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing
a shield went before him.
8And he stood and
cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine,
and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me.
9If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against
him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us.
the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.
11When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed,
and greatly afraid.
12Now David was the son
of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man
in the days of Saul.
13And the three eldest
sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the
firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.
David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.
David went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem.
16And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
17And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this
parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp of thy brethren;
18And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and
take their pledge.
19Now Saul, and they, and
all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.
20And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as
Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
21For Israel and the Philistines had put the
battle in array, army against army.
David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
23And as he talked with them, behold, there
came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to
the same words: and David heard them.
all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
25And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come
up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter,
and make his father's house free in Israel.
David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away
the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
27And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to
the man that killeth him.
28And Eliab his
eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou
down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine
heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
29And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
30And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the
people answered him again after the former manner.
when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.
32And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will
go and fight with this Philistine.
said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of
war from his youth.
34And David said unto
Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and
when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of
them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out
of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
38And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his
head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot
go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
40And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them
in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
41And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the
shield went before him.
42And when the Philistine
looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
43And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?
And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
45Then said David to the Philistine, Thou
comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God
of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases
of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth
may know that there is a God in Israel.
all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give
you into our hands.
48And it came to pass,
when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the
49And David put his hand in his
bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead;
and he fell upon his face to the earth.
David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no
sword in the hand of David.
ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his
head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.
52And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines, until thou come
to the valley, and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell down by the way to Shaaraim, even unto Gath,
and unto Ekron.
53And the children of Israel
returned from chasing after the Philistines, and they spoiled their tents.
54And David took the head of the Philistine, and brought it to Jerusalem; but he put his armour in
55And when Saul saw David go forth
against the Philistine, he said unto Abner, the captain of the host, Abner, whose son is this youth? And Abner said, As thy
soul liveth, O king, I cannot tell.
the king said, Enquire thou whose son the stripling is.
as David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine
in his hand.
58And Saul said to him, Whose
son art thou, thou young man? And David answered, I am the son of thy servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.